Day one went generally well for the Canadian Junior Racquetball Team at the 25th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Championships in Sucre, Bolivia. Nine Canadians are competing in Sucre, including the defending Boy’s U16 World Junior Champion Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alta.
Iwaasa, who turned 17 in July but is still eligible for the U16 division in Sucre, only played doubles on Sunday (Oct. 20), and he and Nicolas Bousquet of Montreal defeated Felipe Arenas and Arturo Acevedo of Columbia, 15-9, 15-8.
Bousquet also won his singles match, beating Alejandro Santos of Venezuela, 15-3, 15-6.
Iwaasa’s cousin, Alexis Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alta., is also on the team playing Girl’s U14. She won her singles match against Ivana Sempertegui of Ecuador, 15-10, 15-11, but she and Annie Fisher of Burlington, lost in doubles against Bolivians Adriana Homsi and Wanda Abril Carvajal Cabezas, 15-3, 15-10.
Also winning on Sunday were Michele Morissette of Baie Comeau, Que., who defeated Paulina Sempertegui (Ecuador), 15-5, 15-7 in Girl’s U16, and Anthony Schonberger of New Westminster, B.C., who won his Boy’s U18 match against Rodrigo Salgado of Chile, 15-8, 15-12.
Michael Leduc of Valleyfield, Que. had the toughest day, as he dropped his Boy’s U18 singles match to Diego Crespo of Bolivia, 15-3, 15-13, and also lost in doubles with Schonberger against the Costa Rican team of Andres Aviles and Gabriel Garcia, 15-10, 15-3.